The Texas Department of Health has ruled that students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school unless an exemption has been filed with the school in accordance with Texas Education Code, Health and Safety, Chapter 38.0001. For a list of required student immunizations (in English and Spanish) by grade click here.
For a list of immunization locations, click here.
The law allows (a) physicians to write a statement stating that the vaccine(s) required is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the child or any member of the child’s household, and (b) parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
Instructions for the affidavit to be signed by parents/guardians choosing the exemption for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief can be found here. To request an exemption online, click here. For children needing medical exemptions, a written statement by the physician should be submitted to the school.
ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization registry, is a free service offered by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). ImmTrac is a secure and confidential registry available to all Texans. ImmTrac safely consolidates and stores immunization information electronically in one centralized system. Texas law requires written consent for ImmTrac participation and limits access to the Registry to only those individuals who have been authorized by law. ImmTrac contains several million immunization records and continues to rapidly grow with increase participation.
The valuable information comes from a variety of sources including private health-care providers; public health clinics; Medicaid claims administrators, the Bureau of Vital Statistics (VSU), and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics. Regardless of the number of sources, each client’s immunization information is consolidated into one electronic record. Authorized professionals such as doctors, nurses, and public health providers can access confidential data including client’s vaccination histories.
The registry is a major component of the DSHS initiative to increase vaccine coverage across Texas. www.immtrac.tdh.state.tx.us